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Danang ex-chairmen stand trial in Vu Nhom case
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Danang ex-chairmen stand trial in Vu Nhom case

The Saigon Times Daily

Tran Van Minh (L) and Van Huu Chien, former Danang chairmen, were put on trial today, January 2 - PHOTO: TPO

HCMC – The trial for former Danang City chairmen Tran Van Minh and Van Huu Chien began today, with the duo being charged with the illegal sale of several public homes and land lots in Danang to business tycoon Phan Van Anh Vu, alias Vu Nhom, who is in prison on multiple charges.

The first-instance hearing will also include 19 others accused in the case, the local media reported.

Minh; Chien; Vu; former Danang vice chairman Nguyen Ngoc Tuan; Phan Xuan It, former deputy head of the Danang government office; Nguyen Quang Thanh, former director of Minh Hung Phat Co., Ltd; and Phan Minh Cuong, general director of Bac Nam 79 Construction JSC, were charged with violating regulations on State asset management and use, leading to losses and wastefulness, and regulations on land management.

The others were charged with one of the two counts.

The hearing is scheduled to last until January 15 and will run on weekends.

All the accused, except for Vu, have pleaded guilty. However, there is sufficient evidence to prove Vu’s violations.

From 2006 to 2014, Minh and Chien asked their subordinates to issue legal documents and speed up the completion of procedures to transfer public homes and land lots to Vu at concessional prices without going through the due process of an auction.

As a result, Vu illegally acquired 22 homes and land lots and seven property projects, leading to losses of VND22 trillion for the State.

Minh, who served as chairman of the Danang People’s Committee between 2006 and 2014, was identified as the mastermind, as he was involved in the illegal sale of 18 houses and land lots and six property projects.

Chien, who held the post of Danang vice chairman in the 2006-2011 period, signed decisions to allow the transfer of some homes, land lots and property projects at concessional prices, assisting Minh in committing violations.

According to the Supreme People’s Court, the violations are serious, sparking public concern and causing severe losses for the State. Therefore, strict penalties should be handed down to the guilty parties.

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